the cinderella is dead tag

Hello friends, and welcome to a lovely tag inspired by my favorite read of the year thus far, CINDERELLA IS DEAD by Kalynn Bayron. CINDERELLA IS DEAD is a continuation of the Cinderella fairytale, set 200 years after the original story in a world where the fairytale is used to oppress women and anyone who is different from the status quo.

Here are the tag rules

  • Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post. Nobody tagged me so I am obviously not doing this, lol.
  • Link to the original creator: Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads! Please note that she used the artwork/graphics if you end up using them.
  • Answer the questions to the best of your ability. No wrong answers here!
  • Tag some people you think would would have fun doing this tag.
  • Copy-paste the rules and prompts.

sophia: favorite sapphic book

It was hard to pick one for this prompt but I decided to go with one of the first sapphic books I ever read, DOWN TO THE BONE by Mayra Lazara Dole. It’s from probably around 2008 and is about a Puerto Rican girl whose family kicks her our after she’s caught kissing her girlfriend. I’m honestly not sure how this book would hold up in 2020 since it’s been a long time since I read it, but I remember loving it when I first read it as a teen. No pic of it because both covers for it are ugly af.

erin: book that hurt you the most

The first book that popped into my head for this was ALLEGIANT, aka the worst series finale known to man. I am still so mad at being sucked into the DIVERGENT trilogy just for that ending. Plus, Tris & Four’s romance is toxic.

constance: favorite loyal character

Wow apparently I don’t read a lot of books with loyal characters because I had a hard time coming up with one for this but I decided on Elias from AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, who is loyal to a fault to Laia. Please be aware, I have not yet read A REAPER AT THE GATES so no spoilers in the comments please!

amina: a book that made no sense

I am not going to name the book because I don’t want to indirectly promote it but That One Book by Rape Apologist Chris Lynch. Specifically the sequel to the first one, because it makes no sense that that was published when the main character still thought he did nothing wrong.

Also low key TEETH by Hannah Moskowitz, which had a woman who had sex with a fish when the fish jumped into her vagina and then gave birth to a weird fish human as a result.

luke: a forgotten series you want to read

I’m not sure what this prompt really means/is asking, but I’ll go with DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE because I started it when it came out and then kinda forgot about it when I got mad at the ending of book 1 for utilizing one of my least favorite tropes but I still kinda want to continue it?

manford: the absolute worst character ever

Any character from Harry Potter, because we do not stan any character written by a transphobe. BAM.

cinderella: favorite retelling

Um, I’m going to cheat with this one because CINDERELLA IS DEAD literally is my favorite retelling ever? I really tried to pick something else but I just love this book so much? It’s definitely a new all-time favorite and my favorite book of 2020 so far.

books i’ve requested from edelweiss lately

If you follow me on Twitter, you may be aware of the Edelweiss panic I had that led me to delete my old Edelweiss account and start a new one. Honestly, I’m kind of glad I did, because now I’m not autoapproved for everything and have to request everything the normal way, which will maybe encourage me not to go downloading eARCs all willy nilly? However, I did request some I had on my old account, because I want to actually review them when I read them, as well as some new things I hadn’t been aware were on Edelweiss before.

So today, I’ll be sharing some of the books I’ve requested on Edelweiss lately.

Plain Bad Heroines – emily m. danforth

I am embarrassed to admit I’ve never read Cameron Post, Emily M. Danforth’s first novel, but honestly I’m just not that interested?? I am a shameful queer. However, this gothic, dark academia-esque new book from her sounds AWESOME. From what I have gathered thus far, this book has:

  • a book club for a scandalous memoir
  • a secret society
  • sapphics who are obsessed with each other
  • at least 5 mysterious deaths
  • a school with a dark past

How can all that be combined and not be utterly amazing? We stan.

kingdom of the wicked – kerri maniscalco

I will admit I was NOT a fan of Kerri Maniscalco’s first James Patterson Presents series, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, but I was for sure interested in requesting KINGDOM OF THE WICKED, which is about Italian witches, a legend about seven princes from Hell, murder, and the Devil. I started this one recently and am LOVING it. There is magic and food and wonderful family dynamics and it *might* even be my new favorite of 2020, but we’ll see how the rest of it goes.

when no one is watching – alyssa cole

When I discovered this thriller by romance writer Alyssa Cole, I was pumped because:

  • It is comped to GET OUT
  • It is a thriller but deals with topics like gentrification
  • It has a history hunt about a community
  • Possible conspiracy theories

So basically, it is a must read. I’m unclear about the release date on this because on Edelweiss it says it’s already out but on Amazon it says preorder? But anyway: I am PSYCHED to read this book.

the invention of sound – chuck palahniuk

I have loved two other of Palahniuk’s books, LULLABY and DIARY, and keep meaning to read more by him. This horror novel is about a father’s search for his missing daughter and the dark side of Hollywood. On the surface, the plot may sound kind of done and cliche, but since it is Chuck Palahniuk, I am expecting some deep weirdness and unique writing.

somewhere between bitter and sweet – laekan zea kemp

I have not seen this book anywhere on the book community’s radar, but it sounds like one that will need to be hyped up forever. SBBAS is about Pen, an aspiring pastry chef who wants to open her own place next to her family’s taco restaurant, but must choose between following her dreams and her parent’s traditional expectations of her. There is going to be food, family, and romance in this book and if book Twitter doesn’t get all over it, I am going to throw a riot.

witches steeped in gold – ciannon smart

Are we even surprised I had to request another witch book? And give me ALL the diverse witches, please! This book has 1) witches 2) RIVAL witches 3) pursuits of revenge and 4) a tenuous alliance. I am so here for this book and am utterly pumped to start reading it.

happily ever afters – elise bryant

WHY have I not heard anything about this book before?!?! HAPPILY EVER AFTERS is about Tessa, a secret romance writer who writes love stories so she can find herself in the pages of books. She’s accepted to a prestigious art school, and let me tell you how much I love books about teens who go to art school since that was me.

Basically, I have a lot of reading to do soon, especially for all those September eARCs I have now! Hopefully I’ll be able to get to a few of them this weekend for Dewey’s Readathon’s Reverseathon! Wish me luck.

2020 reading challenges update :)

Hello, friends! Today I’m going to be taking stock of my progress for the 2020 reading challenges I signed up for. I am currently signed up for 3, excluding the Goodreads challenge: the Out of Your Comfort Zone Challenge, Here & Queerathon, and ARC Apocalypse.

Here’s my progress so far for each:

here & queerathon

My initial goal was to read 12 books, which I guess is a bit laughably low considering how much I love to read queer books, but in 2019 I really slacked in that area, so at the time it felt like a decent number. I have surpassed that and read 15, which is about half of what I’ve read so far this year in total, and I’m sure I’m going to keep reading a lot more.

P. S. this is my own readathon that I’m hosting all year, and you can find all the necessary forms and info about signing up in the tab on the menu.

  1. Red, White, & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
  2. We Set the Dark on Fire – Tehlor Kay Mejia
  3. The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman
  4. When We Were Magic – Sarah Gailey
  5. Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender
  6. I’ll Be the One – Lyla Lee
  7. Aphrodite Made Me Do It – Trista Mateer
  8. Be Dazzled – Ryan La Sala
  9. The Fell of Dark – Caleb Roehrig
  10. Check, Please! – Ngozi Ukazu
  11. Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayronn
  12. Heartstopper – Alice Oseman
  13. Heartstopper Vol. 2 – Alice Oseman
  14. Heartstopper Vol. 3 – Alice Oseman
  15. Check, Please! Vol. 2: Sticks & Scones – Ngozi Ukazu

out of your comfort zone reading challenge

I also signed up for Caro’s Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge, which you can find more info about here. For the past couple years I have been trying to branch out more and read different things other than just YA, and have had pretty good luck doing that. I’ve discovered a lot of books and authors who I like and will definitely read more books from, so I’d count this challenge a success. My goal was to read 5 books and I’ve read 9 so far.

  1. Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston (adult romance)
  2. Lock Every Door – Riley Sager (adult thriller)
  3. Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle – Hilda Eunice Burgos (MG)
  4. Very Nice – Marcy Dermansky (adult literary fic)
  5. You Deserve Each Other – Sarah Hogle (adult romance)
  6. This Was Our Pact – Ryan Andrews (graphic novel)
  7. A Dash of Trouble – Anna Meriano (MG)
  8. Whichwood – Tahereh Mafi (MG)
  9. Home Before Dark – Riley Sager (adult thriller/horror)

arc apocalypse

My goal for this challenge was to read 30 ARCs and eARCs. I have read 15/30 so far, which is not as many as I thought I’d read by this point. To be fair, I also recently deleted a lot of eARCs that were 2+ years old, because I didn’t see any point in keeping them when I could check them out through the library and clearly wasn’t interested in some of them anymore.

  1. Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
  2. All the Stars and Teeth – Adalyn Grace
  3. You Deserve Each Other – Sarah Hogle
  4. Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle – Hilda Eunice Burgos
  5. We Set the Dark on Fire – Tehlor Kay Mejia
  6. The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman
  7. When We Were Magic – Sarah Gailey
  8. Whichwood – Tahereh Mafi
  9. Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
  10. Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender
  11. I’ll Be the One – Lyla Lee
  12. A Song Below Water – Bethany C. Morrow
  13. Be Dazzled – Ryan La Sala
  14. The Fell of Dark – Caleb Roehrig
  15. Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayronn

august readathon TBRs

HEY HEY YEAH YEAH LET’S DO THIS!! As you will recall from my recent event sign up post for August, I…will be very busy reading this month. Which is fine, obviously I like to read. I have somehow managed to sign myself up for 4 events, 3 of which are readathons or other events with prompts, so today I’ll be sharing my reading plans for those readathons.

arc august

I hope to read a bunch of ARCs this month, and hopefully most of them will overlap with prompts for other readathons, so I’ll try to skip repeats.

However, here are some of the (mostly) eARCs I hope to finally knock off my TBR:

  • The Summer of Everything – Julian Winters
  • How to Be Remy Cameron – Julian Winters
  • Kingdom of Souls – Rena Barron
  • Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo (I got an eARC of it; don’t freak out!)
  • Rent a Boyfriend – Gloria Chao
  • Watch Over Me – Nina LaCour
  • Charming as a Verb – Ben Philippe
  • Early Departures – Justin A. Reynolds
  • Horrid – Katrina Leno
  • These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong
  • Ghost Wood Song – Erica Waters
  • You Don’t Live Here – Robyn Schneider

I’m embarrassed to list any more but…I have a lot.

diversify that shelf readathon

This readathon is technically only from August 10-19, but I think I might extend it all month because I have a ton of books to fit into these prompts. I also may not do every prompt.

  • Diverse Middle Grade: GHOST SQUAD by Claribel Ortega – I’m about halfway through this book about two little girls who accidentally awaken malicious spirits and threaten their entire town with shenanigans. There are also witches and a fat cat.
  • Different Culture Than You (Latinx): CEMETERY BOYS by Aidan Thomas – This book also deals with witches, and is about Yadriel, a transboy who wants to become a brujo like the rest of the men in his family, but can’t because of his family’s prejudices. His tries to initiate himself on his own, but tragedy strikes his family, and he is the only one who can fix it.
  • By a Black author: LET ME HEAR A RHYME by Tiffany D. Jackson – I’ve loved Jackson’s previous books, ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING, and keep meaning to read this one, which has to do with music.
  • Middle East Inspired: GIRL, SERPENT, THORN by Melissa Bashardoust – I found GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS really interesting and have been looking forward to another book by this author, and this one is sapphic AND Persian-inspired!! Eeeeee!
  • Focuses on identity: STAY GOLD by Tobly Smith – I don’t remember the premise of this one, honestly, but it’s about a transboy, so I definitely want to read it, and the cover is full of pastels.
  • Diverse Contemporary: YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN by Leah Johnson – I started this rivals to lovers between two prom queen contenders last month but haven’t read much of it since, so I’m still counting it for this readathon.
  • By a Latinx author: WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I read this one earlier in the year but didn’t end up liking the second half, but I think I might not have been in the mood for it and sometimes when I read a book a second time I end up liking it more, so I’m going to give this one another shot.
  • East Asian Inspired: THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang – I’ve already started this fantasy based on the opium wars in China but at first I wasn’t sure if I would continue it because it’s very dark and I didn’t know if I was in the mood for that given the pandemic. However, when I saw it was the Subtle Asian Book Club pick, that encouraged me to keep reading it.
  • POC on cover: GROWN by Tiffany D. Jackson – If I’m remembering correctly, this upcoming release is a thriller based on the R. Kelly scandal? But I’ll for sure read another hard-hitting Tiffany Jackson thriller ANY day.
  • OwnVoices: SURRENDER YOUR SONS by Adam Sass – OwnVoices mlm thriller about a bunch of boys who get stuck on an island where they’re supposed to go through conversion therapy and have to try to escape.
  • Diverse book with 300+ pages: NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest – I’ve been anxiously awaiting another book by the author of I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE, one of my favorite contemps in recent memory. I will read anything by this author.
  • Book by an AOC you’ve wanted to read for a while: CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo – Like everyone else, I really liked Acevedo’s debut, THE POET X. I still haven’t read either of the other books I have by her even though I’ve wanted both since the deals were announced.
  • Pick a book randomly: WHO I WAS WITH HER by Nita Tyndall – This is a sapphic book about a bisexual girl who’s in love with her soccer rival, who then dies. I am ready for this book to emotionally eviscerate me.

So…those are my very ambitious TBRs, which don’t even include all the books from the Latinx Readathon. What have I gotten myself into, y’all. Wish me luck!

August Event Sign ups

Yes, we need a whole post for August event sign ups because I am being an overachiever and signing up for multiple readathons and events this month because I have no self control. Hopefully I have a good reading month this month and don’t fall into a slump, because I have a LOT of reading to do!

Here are the events I hope to participate in this August:

dewey’s readathon: reversathon | august 7-8

I am so excited about this event! I have loved participating in Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon events in the past, but haven’t been able to read for more than a couple hours of the past few. I am hoping to change that with reversathon and read the majority of the time, and maybe even stay up late reading, which I have not done since college, which is now almost five years ago, lol. Reversathon is different from other Dewey events because usually the 24 hours goes from 8am to 8am, but this time it’s from 8pm to 8pm.

diversify that shelf | august 10-19

This readathon, focusing on reading diverse books, is being held from August 10-19 by Noura. I wasn’t sure if I’d participate in this one initially because I’m not as good at short readathons anymore, but I may just try my best during the actual 9 days and then extend it to the whole month. There are prompts for this readathon, which I’ll make a TBR for closer to the event.

arc august | all month

I haven’t participated in ARC April or ARC August for a couple years, but I plan to change that this month! ARC August is a readathon happening from August 1-30 with the goal of knocking out some ARCs from your TBR! I plan to use it to read some upcoming ARCs that I want to read before release date. This readathon is hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat.

latinx readathon

Latinx Readathon seems to be being mostly hosted on Twitter, with the goal of reading more Latinx literature! I’m not sure how many books I’ll end up reading for this one because most of the ones I have access to to fit the prompts aren’t ARCs, but we’ll see.

This is my tentative, smol TBR for the Latinx Readathon:

subtle asian book club

I wasn’t sure if I’d participate in this at first because I am already participating in so many, but the book club pick is THE POPPY WAR, which I already started reading a bit at the very end of July, so I figured I may as well participate since it’s for a whole month and the reading of it is broken up and doesn’t have to be done in a couple days or a week. I’m looking forward to seeing the discussion on this in the facebook group.

August readathon roundup

Hello, and happy August! Last month, I really enjoyed participating in the Pop Culture Readathon, and was very excited to motivate myself to read through more readathons in August. The problem was, when I started looking for August readathons to participate in, there were just. So. Many. And even though I’d like to participate in all of them, one must not make oneself crazy over the number of readathons they are participating in.

Still, there are A LOT of great events happening this month, so for this post, I’m going to highlight a few of the ones I found really appealing and tell you about them and how you can sign up. So, without further ado, let’s get on to the readathons!

Short readathons

Diversify That Shelf – August 10-19 – Host: Noura – The goal of this readathon is to read more diverse books! There will be prompts for this readathon to help you pick your reads, but Noura says in her intro post that she wants it to be pretty low-key, and you can use the same book for multiple prompts! To sign up, just tag Noura in your TBR.

Avatar: The Last Page Turner – August 1-14 – This is a readathon themed around the show Avatar: The Last Airbender. There are 4 teams based on the type of bending (Water, Air, Fire, Earth) and prompts that go along with each. Check out the announcement video here.

Galleyathon – August 10-16 – The goal of this readathon is to clear your NetGalley (and Edelweiss) TBRs! There are prompts you can follow listed on their Twitter account. To participate, tag your progress tweets with #galleyathon

Dewey’s Readathon: Reverseathon – August 7-8 – I used to love participating in Dewey’s Readathon, a 24-hour readathon that usually happens in October and April. I haven’t been able to read much during it for the past couple years, but I really want to give their reverse readathon (meaning it starts at night instead of in the morning) a try this year. You can sign up here and even if you only read for an hour of the readathon, you still count as a participant!

Month-long readathons

Tropeical Readathon – August 1-31 – Registration closes August 8! This readathon is all about tropes. Tropeical Readathon is genre-based with boards and prompts for different genres of books. You can find more info here.

Meteor Shower Readathon – August to October – This readathon, which you can find at the handle @MeteorReadathon on Twitter, is being hosted to celebrate the release of MISS METEOR by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia by reading all their books leading up to MISS METEOR’s release!

Magicalathon – August 1-31 – Found at @Magicalathon on Twitter, this is a fantasy-based readathon. You can choose a team such as school of fae, school of assassins, and more, and read based on the prompts for that team.

Here & Queerathon – ALL YEAR – Oh hi, of course I have to plug in my own readathon. We are reading queer books either by queer authors or with queer rep ending on December 31! You can find more info on signing up under the tab for forms.

Latinx Readathon – August 1-31 – This is, of course, a readathon all about reading Latinx lit! They have a board with different prompts, which you can double up on, and you can sign up by filling out this form.

This is by no means a complete list of readathons happening in August because there are A TON, but I hope it’s enough to get you inspired and reading!

www wednesday // 7-29-20

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

just finished

Check, Please: vol. 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

I’ve been excited for Check, Please 2 for an entire YEAR because of the ending of book 1, and I think buying both of them was an excellent use of my Amazon points because I basically got them for free. Anyhoo. I liked this book ok, but overall I didn’t like it as much as Check, Please 1 because I felt like the narrative switched from Bitty being a happy and well-adjusted self-loving gay to him and Jack having to prove to others and themselves that they were model gays, basically, and therefore deserving of love and respect. It felt like it changed to the narrative that straight people expect from a queer story, and that really disappointed me.

Currently reading

You Should See Me in a Crown & The Poppy War (not shown) & Sal & Gabi Break the Universe (not shown)

I just started reading THE POPPY WAR and am not sure how I feel about it yet. I also started YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN and am finding it a bit slow to get into, but I still have hope for it. Oh, and I’m reading Sal & Gabi Break the Universe for a program at the library (I’m going to be doing book talks for a September video for Hispanic Heritage Month).

Reading next

Clap When You Land and/or With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Honestly I’m really not sure what I’m reading next because I need to work out which readathons I’m participating in and look at my TBR. I am tempted to read CLAP WHEN YOU LAND and/or WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo because my work bff has been reading those and they have both been burning holes in my TBR for too long considering how much I loved THE POET X.

Tell me all about your recent/upcoming reads in the comments, please!!

7 atmospheric &/or melancholy reads that will enhance your FOLKLORE listening

Hello, and HAPPY TAYLOR SWIFT DAY!!!

I may as well forewarn you all now: you can probably expect a lot of Taylor Swift content coming up when everyone makes their own FOLKLORE book tags and readathons come up and other content. I am not sorry, because the past few years have made me a huge Taylor Swift stan and honestly, my life has improved a lot since becoming a TS stan.

ANYWAY. This post is here to help inspire your reading picks to accompany your FOLKLORE listening as you dive deep into the album and imagine yourself crying in the woods with the leaves crinkling under you wearing your ex girlfriend’s favorite cardigan. So, I present to you atmospheric and/or melancholy reads that have the mood of FOLKLORE. Enjoy!

the devouring gray – Christine Lynn Herman

While thinking about books that fit the mood of FOLKLORE, THE DEVOURING GRAY immediately came to mind. This book is a bisexual anthem about a town with a mysterious history, very creepy woods, a monster, and lots of angsty romance. TDG is full of moody bisexuals who would definitely listen to FOLKLORE while researching the town’s history and trying to find a way to defeat the Beast that’s gobbling people up and making the forest sick.

house of salt and sorrows – erin a. craig

HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS is a very eerie retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses where the “princesses” all live in an old manor by the sea and they seemed to be cursed because the sisters keep dying. This book made me coin in my mind the genre “ocean gothic”–i. e. eerie and dark ocean books with death and ghosts.

summer of salt – katrina leno

Okay, this book doesnt *exactly* fit the vibe of atmospheric and melancholy, but I think the characters in this book would definitely listen to FOLKLORE. SUMMER OF SALT is a sapphic book about a girl waiting to receive the magical powers that have been passed down to women in her family for generations. However, when something bad on the island happens involving a legendary bird, the summer visitors to the island turn to the magical family and look for someone there to blame.

sawkill girls – claire legrand

The slow, sleepy-but-eerie pace of this book reminds me of FOLKLORE a lot. Think “Exile.” Marion, Zoe, and Val all live on Sawkill Rock, where there is an urban legend of a monster in the woods, only Val knows it might not really just be an urban legend after all.

the last true poets of the sea – julia drake

I am so annoyed at myself for not having finished this one even though I really liked the part of it I read. This sad, sapphic book about shipwrecks and mental health struggles is perfect for FOLKLORE. “Cardigan” belongs on a playlist about Orion and Liv’s relationship. Sarcastic, moody Violet, our MC who is trying to find the right words to say to her brother who is in the hospital for a suicide attempt, would probably listen to “Betty” on the plane to Lyric, Maine, where she and Liv attempt to uncover the real story of how Violet’s family founded the town after a shipwreck.

the sky is everywhere – jandy nelson

I know this book is really old and has a love triangle, but it will always be one of my favorites. The lyrical writing just brims with raw emotion, and I promise it will destroy you. It’s about Lennie, who just lost her sister, and her relationships with two guys–one with her sister’s boyfriend, and one with a new boy in town.

extraordinary means – robyn schneider

Actually, a lot of Robyn Schneider’s books would go well with FOLKLORE, but this one stuck out to me because it definitely has a strong melancholy vibe because it’s set at a boarding school for sick teens. I don’t remember much about the plot to be honest, but I do remember I really liked it and even gifted it to the person I was dating at the time.

There were so many books I could’ve picked for a melancholy/atmospheric themed list, but these ended up being the ones that especially stood out to be relevant to read while listening to FOLKLORE! I hope I’ve managed to add some books to your TBR, and that you get to listen to FOLKLORE as many times as your heart desires this weekend!

Things that happened & what i read during quarantine

Today’s post is going to be something a little different. I almost did a traditional wrap up for May-June, but I decided I’d rather talk about things that happened and some highlights of what I’ve read.

  • I went home to see my parents. Actually, I saw both me and my partner’s parents over quarantine once the stay at home orders were lifted. I was really proud of myself because I drove 5 hours by myself, which is the most I’ve driven alone since I moved to where I am now. I was really happy to see my parents because I hadn’t seen them since December, and I always find it so relaxing to go home.
  • My partner’s parents got a really cute dog. Normally, I am NOT a dog person, but this is the floofiest, cutest puppy I have ever seen and he really liked me and cuddled me and I am a fan of that dog. He will grow up to be a Good Boy.
  • I read FELIX EVER AFTER. Aka, the best queer book this year. Honestly the best one I’ve read in a while. This book is about a trans boy who gets outed at school and catfishes the person who he thinks is responsible to get revenge. There are a million and a half things I loved about this book, one of the top being that Felix keeps questioning his gender identity throughout the book even though he’s been “out” as trans and has a best friend who accepts him and is so respectful about asking what his new pronouns are. It’s also the first time I’ve seen demi rep in a book. I just felt like I saw myself so much in this book and in Felix’s struggles and joys and I simply loved it.
  • My parents got me an iPad. I am in love with it. I had suddenly started thinking about getting an iPad before I went home, and then my mom offered to get me one for an early birthday gift, and it has honestly made quarantine so much more bearable.
  • I read I’LL BE THE ONE by Lyla Lee. This book, like FELIX, was one of my most anticipated books of the year. It’s about a plus size girl who goes to compete in a k-pop competition and falls in love with a semi-celebrity. I thought the fat rep in this one was really good, and so close to my own experiences being overweight. I really related to Skye at some points. I was also thrilled to see a bisexual character not end up with someone of the same gender because I feel like that’s so rare in bi representation and it’s something I look for because that’s what happened to me, and it was nice to see a bi character attracted to a boy and not feel ashamed or be shamed for it by other queer characters.
  • I contemplated starting 2 new blogs. I don’t know why this was considering I wasn’t even blogging on one blog. I think it was mainly because I was so unmotivated by blogging and have been feeling really disconnected from witchcraft because I haven’t been doing something daily to practice it like I normally do, so having a witchcraft themed blog felt kind of pointless. But, I also wanted to start a professional library-related blog that I can put on resumes, because I’m starting to worry about putting a blog with so much personal stuff on a resume.
  • Oh my god, Twitter started being really draining. I’ve thought about deleting my account there a lot, but there are some bookish friends I only talk to on Twitter, plus it’s responsible for me and my partner getting together. But it’s been a minefield lately for me with people QRT’ing transphobic stuff all over the place and abusers being outed and reminding me of painful and traumatic experiences I’ve had. It just seems like it’s something new every day and it is too much sometimes.
  • I read A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow. This was pitched as a #SayHerName novel about two magical Black girls (including one siren!!) I loved all the mythos in this book and the relationship between the two found family sisters. This was such a powerful story that I think would be empowering and validating to a lot of young Black girl readers, and I’ll definitely be pestering our teen librarian to request it for our library when we’re buying materials again because it’s SO GOOD.

bookemon readathon sign-up post

Today I’m excited to share with you one of the events I’ll be participating in this month, Bookemon!! Bookemon is a BookTube event hosted by booktubers MEGAN OF TOME INFINITY, SAM OF SARCASM AND SCI-FI, JADE OF JADED READER, STEF OF NOVELTEA CORNER, SARAH OF NOVEL SARAH-NDIPITY, and ERIK OF BREAKEVEN BOOKS. This is an event inspired, of course, by Pokemon, with the goal of beating Team Rocket’s 1,000,000 health points. To gain Combat Points, you can participate in a variety of team challenges (I’m team Mystic), and other prompts based on Pokemon types to get more points. You can find more information on the prompts and overall challenge with this document.

My Bookemon buddy is Rapidash–called Rhymedash in this challenge–both because I love Ponyta and because fire types Pokemon get a 250 CP bonus for reading standalones, which I read a lot of.

My main goal for this challenge is to at the very least complete all of the team prompts. Within each book, I’ll definitely be able to do a lot of the extra Pokemon type prompts, so I’m not going to bother sharing books for each individual prompt that I want to read. But, here are are some of the books I want to read for each of the team prompts:

 

blue team: read a book featuring a blue cover

I probably have a few on my TBR to fit this, but as of now I’ve already completed this one with Nikita Gill’s poetry collection, FIERCE FAIRYTALES.

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logical: read a book you know you should get to

I’m going with BEACH READ, my BOTM pick from last month, for this one. I may also read another previous BOTM book, ANNA K., for this prompt, which also counts for the blue prompt.

 

 

gym training: read a book from the library or your owned tbr

I will continue the THREE DARK CROWNS series with TWO DARK REIGNS and FIVE DARK FATES.

 

mystic group book

The group book for Team Mystic is THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY, which I actually own.

 

blanche’s mission: a book that is set in another world

I may also end up counting one of the THREE DARK CROWNS books for this prompt.

 

articuno: read a book about or based on middle eastern mythology or culture

I will be reading GIRL, SERPENT, THORN for this one, which is a sapphic fantasy based on Persian mythology.

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Are you participating in Bookemon Readathon? What books would you read for these prompts?